Canada 4, Switzerland 2
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) _ Canada survived its second straight scare against one of the lower seeds in the Olympic hockey tournament, defeating ninth-seeded Switzerland 4-2 on Tuesday to move into first place in its division.
Former NHL forward Gord Sherven’s rebound goal with 15:14 to play snapped a 1-1 tie and spoiled a fantastic game by Swiss goalie Richard Bucher, who made 41 saves.
Fourth-seeded Canada, a 1-0 winner over eighth-seeded Poland on Sunday, is the only unbeaten and untied team in the A pool. Top-seeded Sweden, the other favorite in the division, was tied 1-1 by Poland earlier Tuesday.
Bucher’s performance came on the heels of Sunday’s 32-save outing in Switzerland’s 2-1 upset of Finland.
Canada’s Sean Burke made 21 stops and his half-dozen acrobatic saves demonstrated why he is considered one of the best young goalies in the world.
Sherven’s winner occurred after Zarley Zalapski’s shot from the point was blocked by defenseman Jakob Koelliker. The puck went directly to Sherven in the left faceoff circle and he beat Bucher to the stick side.
Two other ex-NHLers, Ken Yaremchuk and Marc Habscheid, scored late in the game to increase Canada’s lead to 4-1. The insurance was necessary, as Joerg Eberle scored with 3:38 left.
Canada dominated the first period, taking the first 14 shots of the game. In fact, Switzerland didn’t test Burke until 6:15 remained in the period.
Despite their almost constant pressure, the Canadians weren’t able to beat Bucher until 4:05 into the second period on Serge Boisvert’s goal.
With 8:51 left in the second, Burke took a holding penalty after mishandling the puck behind the net. And six seconds after teammate Claude Vilgrain went off to serve the penalty, Peter Schlagenhauf tied the score on a nice feed from Koelliker.